7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We are a “retired” couple in our late 60s (most passengers were in their 60s/70s) with more than 30 cruises with different lines (Windstar, Azamara, Celebrity, Princess, Star Clippers, Norwegian, and a couple more) ; however, this was ... Read More
We are a “retired” couple in our late 60s (most passengers were in their 60s/70s) with more than 30 cruises with different lines (Windstar, Azamara, Celebrity, Princess, Star Clippers, Norwegian, and a couple more) ; however, this was our first on Oceania. Of note, there were more than a handful of children but no children’s programs. We don’t imbibe much and don’t purchase drink packages, nor do we drink wine. These would be extra charges without the O’Life package which we did not choose (booked cruise only). We upgraded to a concierge level stateroom 10 days before sailing but failed to utilize the amenities included at that level much. The sailing’s 15-day itinerary was Barcelona (overnight), Valencia, Palma de Majorca, and Palamos (Spain), Toulon (France), Monaco (overnight); Antibes (France), La Spezia (for Cinque Terre Italy), Ajaccio (Corsica), Livorrno (for Florence/Tuscany), Sorrento/Capri, Amalfi/Positano, and disembarkation at Civitavecchia (for Rome), Italy. It did not have, any sea days We booked our own air and the cruise line’s transfer from the airport (would recommend finding other transfer or a taxi as it would have been about half-price). Booked a shared van transfer for disembarkation to the airport. We arrived before 9 am, but needed to wait for other flight arrivals before being transferred to the ship. Embarkation was not available until noon ; however, concierge level access to stateroom was at 1 pm. Embarkation was smooth except for the carryon items being scanned through security taking awhile due to the quantity of new passengers arriving about the same time. Buffet lunch was available immediately. Oceania’s policy in the Terrace Café (buffet) for breakfast and lunch is that all food is served by their staff. You cannot serve yourself even a roll. There is outdoor seating there. While dinner is also available there, we eat in the dining room or at a specialty restaurant for all dinners. Specialty restaurants are by reservation only and the main dining room is available 6:30-9:30 (anytime dining). There are four specialty restaurants where only one reservation per is available to book online prior to sailing. Additional dinners in these specialty dining rooms are available to book the day of your choice of additional dining there. Early times were hard to come by; the menu was always the same in each restaurant , but the menu options varied greatly in each. Jacques served French food, Red Ginger Asian, Tuscana Italian, and Polo Grill was a Steakhouse mainly. Food was good in all; however, we felt for a luxury line touted as a superb culinary experience, it wasn’t much above average to the lines we sailed, and not superb. The Grand Dining Room did offer more of a variety than most lines’ MDR. Stateroom – Concierge room was the same as a regular veranda with a king bed (282 sq. ft including balcony), loveseat and table, desk area, and plenty of closet space and drawers The marble bathroom with plenty of storage around the sink area (plus two shelves next to the toilet) was slightly larger than most premium/luxury lines as it had a separate tub with shower head and a regular shower with glass door (albeit small). The mini-bar with soda, bottled sparkling water, and other mixers is restocked daily if you ask the room steward to keep your favorites in there, You can remove those furnished that you don’t use. The line has converted to a glass container of water which is refilled as needed. When going ashore, bottled water in plastic containers is available when disembarking. Concierge class has a key-entry lounge available 24/7 with snacks, coffee and other beverages. We had room service for breakfast twice when we had early tours which came with a tablecloth en suite. Four suite categories are available with butlers. Public rooms – Public rooms were a generous size and furnished nicely as expected on a luxury line. The ship’s singers/dancers were excellent , the caliber of a Broadway show in NYC. Some of the other entertainment was not as good, especially the magicians. The pool deck was of sufficient size with padded lounge chairs and cotton coverings. Horizons Bar at the top of the ship had good entertainment by a trio who sang a variety of musical genre; and a string quartet who played nightly in another lounge area outside the Grand Dining Room. There was table-tennis and shuffleboard, as well as putt-putt golf. The spa and fitness center were large and my massage was very good. The Sanctuary area was available to Concierge level and above guests. Casino was small and on board shopping was as expected for a luxury line. Shore Excursions – Since my husband is lacking in physical mobility (not good on hills or uneven pavement and unable to stand or walk for extended time periods), we elected to purchase 7 ship excursions in advance as there was a special 20% discount for that quantity. Overall we were disappointed in those; although they were rated correctly for difficulty, IMHO they lacked good content. This is a very subjective topic, so maybe others enjoyed them We also took a few independent excursions arranged by cruise critic roll call members and as one would expect, they were better. Service – We found the service to be good, but no staff went above and beyond IMO and the room steward was lacking a bit, in our opinion. Ports of call – We were disappointed with a few, but it may have been we were unhappy with the excursion which tainted our opinion. Much of Italy we had previously visited and were excited to return to, as well as Monaco which we felt didn’t need the overnight, although one could take an excursion out of town to utilize the extra time there. Would we choose Oceania again? Probably not as we felt they didn’t meet our expectations which were high for the culinary and luxury aspects of the line. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
Enjoyed the cruise! Ship was in excellent shape, for the most part the staff was extremely helpful. Everything went smoothly on the cruise. A few complaints: Staff at the front desk very less than personable. Seemed to resent anyone ... Read More
Enjoyed the cruise! Ship was in excellent shape, for the most part the staff was extremely helpful. Everything went smoothly on the cruise. A few complaints: Staff at the front desk very less than personable. Seemed to resent anyone approaching them. Meet guests with a frown. Majority of the personnel were delightful, going the extra mile to please. Buffet food was warm at best. Forget the concept of hot. Forget the Oceania port tours (True of most cruise lines) Ports of call were great, with the exception of the Canary Islands. Felt too much time spent there and would have preferred an additional stop in Morocco. Entertainment was fair. The cruise lines own entertainment troupe was great, as were the flamingo dance group that was brought on board. Disappointing (to be polite) was the young singer and ‘one man band’, both of which appeared two nights each as the ‘entertainment’. All in all, this cruise with Oceania is definitely a step up from those on Princess, etc. This being stated we can see a change in Oceania since being purchased by Norwegian. Great smaller ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Cruising OCEANIA is always a great pleasure. We left Civitavecchia for a 14-night cruise to the Mediterranean, with unique ports of call ( Naples, Sicily, Haifa (Israrel), Cyprus, Rhodes, Gytheon, Malta, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona ), ... Read More
Cruising OCEANIA is always a great pleasure. We left Civitavecchia for a 14-night cruise to the Mediterranean, with unique ports of call ( Naples, Sicily, Haifa (Israrel), Cyprus, Rhodes, Gytheon, Malta, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona ), – what made us choose this cruise in particular. Four specialty restaurants – Red Ginger ( Asian food ), Toscana (Italian ), Polo Grill ( meats ) and Jacques ( French ) offer superb food and service. You feel like having a fabulous dinner in a starred restaurant. With only four sea days, there is a chance of getting to know places one would not normally choose to go. Since embarkation until the last good-bye, you feel welcomed and cared for. It´s a good feeling, no doubt about it! The crew works hard, and apparently with pleasure, to provide us with the time of our lives. It is NOT a ship for children, it aims adults. I was surprised to know that, with less than 15 years of existence, there is a great number of passengers that have travelled more than 20 times with Oceania Cruises. I know why ! :-) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We are a couple in our mid to late fifties having cruised on many different lines with thirty plus cruises under our belt, we were highly anticipating this cruise as it was a visit to the "Holy Land". We cruised on the Oceania ... Read More
We are a couple in our mid to late fifties having cruised on many different lines with thirty plus cruises under our belt, we were highly anticipating this cruise as it was a visit to the "Holy Land". We cruised on the Oceania Riviera last December in the Caribbean and had a great cruise and became converts! Our go to cruise line has been Celebrity for years but Oceania has got it figured out! There is no comparison necessary, Oceania takes it to a new level! How both Riviera and Marina ships which are almost identical in every way could be so different blows my mind. We were happy with the Riviera last December but after cruising for 15 days on the Marina...my goodness, the food, service, management and staff are to be congratulated on the job they are doing. The restaurant staff as well others on board new our names by the second day. Always greeting us with professional courtesy. The wine stewards, even if they were not serving us would come up to us and greet us as they remembered us the night before in the restaurant. The Phillipino and Indonesian staff are the best, always greeting us with a smile and politeness seldom experienced. If there was an issue, they quickly corrected it. The staff and management on this ship could not do enough to make sure everything was right. There was also a lot of South American hosts and wine stewards that were simply awesome! The ironic part to this cruise was the heavily anticipated visit to Israel which we have been trying to visit for the last several years. It actually turned out to be the disappointment of all the ports. We enjoyed, Sicily as usual, Cypress, Rhodes, Malta for Gozo and Palma de Majorca. The only port we missed due to high swells was Gythion. The weather was excellent throughout the cruise, very comfortable, not short weather but light clothes was all you required. Great touring weather. We enjoyed all the specialty restaurants, favorites being Jacques and Toscana with Red Ginger and Polo Grill very close. We only ate in the main dining room for dinner twice, one night was great the other a disappointment. Breakfast was always excellent in the main dining room as well the occasional lunch. It is befitting of a dining room in some 5 star hotel in Europe..simply beautiful. The Terrace Cafe and Wave Grill was always very good. The ship has a capacity of 1250, but the ship only had approximately 1000 persons on board. The ship has been maintained well however the rooms are in need of a refreshing as wear and tear is somewhat noticeable. We would certainly consider a Penthouse suite next time as the extra space would be welcomed especially in the clothes closet as in the staterooms it is an annoyance trying to access and move around. Cabin stewards were pleasant and were efficient. Concierge was helpful to us and followed up when there was an issue. The gym and spa area were excellent with sauna and steam rooms. Never busy, the Terrace deck was a private sanctuary which we enjoyed! The only difference with this private enclave is the Riviera has an Infinity type therapy pool as opposed to the Marina with two separate whirlpools. We enjoyed La Reserve by Wine Spectator, Food wine pairing event one night. The Odyssey menu, we had tried this on the Riviera and was blown away and the repeat experience lived up to our original encounter. A special treat for sure! All in all a great cruise, one of our best! Looking for our next Oceania cruise or two for next year. Enjoy! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We loved the itinerary and booked it with 16 friends, Fabulous time had by all. Dining was exceptional and we were able to have many premium dining experiences in the premium restaurants. Staff were attentive and outstanding, service is a ... Read More
We loved the itinerary and booked it with 16 friends, Fabulous time had by all. Dining was exceptional and we were able to have many premium dining experiences in the premium restaurants. Staff were attentive and outstanding, service is a 10! Oceania is our cruise line of choice, love the small ships and luxury accommodations. The amenities are great and being a multi time cruiser has earned us some special benefits. In the lux plus market they are the best and the standard. Cruising on other lines means you are just going on a cruise, on Oceania you are definitely cruising in style and experiencing the finest cuisine at sea. It may cost a bit more than the Princess's and Celebrity's but the Value exceeds the cost, the best hands down. The staff makes you feel like family and you leave the ship looking forward to your next trip with your new family. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
My wife and I are experienced cruisers (over 40 cruises) and Oceania in particular (over 15 cruises). I will start out by saying we love Oceania and have 4 more cruises on them currently booked. I will not comment on my last cruise since ... Read More
My wife and I are experienced cruisers (over 40 cruises) and Oceania in particular (over 15 cruises). I will start out by saying we love Oceania and have 4 more cruises on them currently booked. I will not comment on my last cruise since the ports are well covered elsewhere. Rather I will comment on Oceania in general. I am always confused by people who are not happy with an Oceania cruise because the items they complain about are exactly what Oceania is all about. They usually just did not do their homework. Here is what, in my opinion, is good about Oceania. Oceania’s raison d’être is food – and it almost never fails. It’s hard not to get an excellent meal at any of the venues. The specialty restaurants (especially Red Ginger on the two larger ships) are great. However, it seems the food has gone down a notch (particularly in the Main dining room) since Oceania was acquired by NCL The ships are small (4 Regatta class -600 passenger vessels and 2 Oceania class -1200 passenger vessels). They go to some unusual ports that the larger ships can’t get to. So you get itinerary’s that are better than most. The ships’ common areas are comfortable and have an elegant feel to them. The ships are uncrowded – no waiting on long lines like the larger ships. You don’t need reservations to eat except at the specialty restaurants. But you are guaranteed a certain number of reservations depending on the length of the cruise. Depending on your perspective – almost never any children. The passengers tend toward experienced travelers. Everything is usually included, even the specialty restaurants, except for alcohol. Their rewards program is very good – as you cruise more the benefits can be extraordinary (large ship board credits, free internet, free gratuities, and ultimately free cruises). The service is always excellent. Excellent fitness center (although crowed at times) and the wonderful Canyon Ranch Spa. Here is what, in my opinion, is not so good about Oceania: The entertainment is third rate. (except the small on-board entertainment staff are usually quite talented). The shows for the most part are just OK – and can’t compare to the shows on the larger ships. The ships are starting to show their age – the 4 smaller ships are old Renaissance Cruise Line R-Class ships built in the 1990s that have been refurbished (several times). Even the Marina, which was built 2011 needs a little freshening. The “new” Sirena is just an old R-class that became the Ocean Princess before finding its way to Oceania. We were on it recently and it’s hard to distinguish it from the other 3 Regatta class ships. The in-room entertainment system is just awful – you can get better on your flight to the cruise. By now they should have upgraded to on on-demand system. The Wi-fi is terrible – but this may be unavoidable since it goes through a satellite. The tours offered by the ship are grossly overpriced. You need to plan ahead and book you own tours. Depending on your perspective – the passengers tend toward seniors. Again - depending on your perspective – there are not a lot of ship board activities – the most common being ship board lectures and cooking classes. So – Oceania offers a specific cruise experience – and if it’s for you great Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
1-We dined at the main dining room the 2nd night and had a terrible caesar salad and tough duck. The next day I went to the services desk on the 5th deck and told them. They said that they would have someone call me. I never received one. ... Read More
1-We dined at the main dining room the 2nd night and had a terrible caesar salad and tough duck. The next day I went to the services desk on the 5th deck and told them. They said that they would have someone call me. I never received one. 2- Cigar smoke was blowing onto the chairs along side the pool from the smoking area. I moved as did several others one of whom said that they had been on the Marina before and had complained. 3-The meals in the specialty restaurants and main dining room were no more than average. The best meals I had were in the Terrace Cafe except that many times there were no tomatoes in the salad area. 4-A few weeks before the cruise I received a call from Keith in what I think they call their Special or Concierge Services in their Miami office. In the next few weeks I called him 2X about a problem,left him a voice mail but never received a return call. There were a few other problems that should not have happened on a ship of this caliber that charges more per day than most ships.A few days before departure my wife and I wrote comments and placed them in the comment box. A few times we were reminded to fill the comment slips out;this was a waste of time as we still have not heard back from them. I wil now sail on other lines that are less expensive and probably have all around better services and food. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
First getting on board, our cabin would be ready only by 3:00 pm not the case on my other cruises. Plus I have asked twice for two single beds not a King size bed with separate bed covers. The Verandah cabin 8001 situated in front of the ... Read More
First getting on board, our cabin would be ready only by 3:00 pm not the case on my other cruises. Plus I have asked twice for two single beds not a King size bed with separate bed covers. The Verandah cabin 8001 situated in front of the Ship and more expensive B1 is not worth the money. In my opinion it is more narrowed and impossible to have distance between single beds. I would not suggest this cabin to anyone, for the pounding crashes of the waves at night and the morning sound of theanchors. I have never been in a Verandah cabin so noisy. Plus sitting down on the verandah you see a wall...you have to stand up to see better. But a specialthanks to Maria for attending to our cabin always smiling and helpful. The Marina is a beautiful ship . The food in the Grand Dining was good but often warm and not very hot by the time it reaches our table. I would say Jacques Pepin was my favorite restaurant. Thank you Elizabeth Nunes (concierge), for this special evening at the Grand Dining Room. It was a delicate attention to reunite for super the minority of French guests attending this cruise. The excursions are just OK but not worth paying this much for a Bus tour. Many times we are left after a short walk with the guide on our own. My favorite was Livero Wine Tasting Varramista and Volos in Mt Pelion. Overall, I would not return for another cruise on Oceania. I think with so manycompetitive ships people can have a less overpriced vacation Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We wanted to see Greece on this cruise. We like the food the best on this ship. We liked the specialty dining places that are included. The tours seem expensive so we did mostly private tours. The tender stops were difficult and time ... Read More
We wanted to see Greece on this cruise. We like the food the best on this ship. We liked the specialty dining places that are included. The tours seem expensive so we did mostly private tours. The tender stops were difficult and time consuming. They took so long in one port that we missed a private tour of the French Riviera that was paid for ahead of schedule. Several people got hurt on the tender transfers including my wife because of rough docks and rocking of tender boats. Greece was beautiful. The houses are all painted white. We did a private tour of Athens which was a highlight of Greece. The comedy shows were funny that they had in the evenings. We did not like the internet service since it was either slow or non working. The cabins were adequate but the jacuzzi tub takes up too much space and makes the shower and sink area too small. A double sink would be more desirable. No educational lectures on the ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We have cruised with Oceania seven times so that speaks for itself how we regarded this cruise line. After visiting the Van Gogh museum and generally walking around Amsterdam we commenced our 23 days on Marina from 24 September to ... Read More
We have cruised with Oceania seven times so that speaks for itself how we regarded this cruise line. After visiting the Van Gogh museum and generally walking around Amsterdam we commenced our 23 days on Marina from 24 September to Barcelona, disembarking on 16 October. We thoroughly enjoyed the nightly entertainment and, as usual the dining experience was excellent, including the times we had breakfast in our room. Most ports of call were enjoyable with a couple offering nothing at all. Think they were just a stopping off point for Oceania's excursions. As we had to cancel a cruise on Sirena last year we decided to upgrade to a Penthouse Suite for this trip which was disappointing as it is actually only an extended Concierge level room with butler service. Definitely not worth the considerable extra cost. All was well until the very last night when I stupidly left a whole drawer full of clothes behind. We packed the night before, left our cases out for removal to the pier the next morning and flew straight home to Melbourne the same day. Upon my return home I realised so many items were missing, including items I had bought during the trip, still with their tags on as well as items bought specially for the cruise. I realised I had left them in a particular drawer in the room. I immediately contacted Customer Services in Australia by email (unable to speak to anybody on the phone) and long story short, after a fortnight of emails flying back and forth I was informed the items could not be found and the case was closed and we look forward to seeing you again on Oceania! Hmm. My question is - how could a drawer full of clothes disappear into thin air? Is this an acceptable outcome? Is this normal? Whilst onboard we were treated well by all members of staff, as was reflected in our comments on the questionnaire issued by the cruise company, but once off the ship it appears to be a different matter. To use the word disappointing is an understatement. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
This was our first cruise on Oceania. We chose this ship because of the itinerary, and for that reason it was excellent. At 70, we were probably about average in age, if not on the younger side - there were very few passengers under 50. ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Oceania. We chose this ship because of the itinerary, and for that reason it was excellent. At 70, we were probably about average in age, if not on the younger side - there were very few passengers under 50. Dress was generally on the casual side of "country club casual", with women better dressed than men. The ship is well presented, but some maintenance issues persist - we had to call maintenance twice to fix a noisy rattle on the balcony that spoiled our sleep, and we were locked out of our room at one point because our door lock needed to be "reprogrammed". The food quality and service was superior to other (20+) cruises we've been on and we were able to dine in the excellent specialty restaurants several extra times (our formal allotment was only four) by making same-day reservations. Food was not perfect - we sent some some dishes back to the kitchen because they were too salty, too tough or just cold. Our cabin was clean and neat, but layout was not well designed for storage. Housekeeping staff was excellent, but we had some issues - personal items left behind by a previous passenger and some stains on linens. All staff was uniformly welcoming and efficient. Shore excursions were marred by language issues and a lack of radio/audio devices - some guides were hard to understand and we just couldn't hear them in large groups and noisy areas. We found this very surprising from an upscale cruise line. One Oceania excursion was only half completed (because of a disabled participant who shouldn't have been allowed to take an "strenuous activity" excursion and held everyone back) and we were disappointed to receive only token compensation when we asked for an adjustment. We, and many other experienced cruisers, had arranged three independent excursions at both lower cost and better quality. Despite the observations listed above, we had a very enjoyable cruise, and we will likely cruise with Oceania again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
First time cruising with Oceania and definitely won't be the last. The food was amazing, the staff was very attentive and with only one child onboard there was a whole level of calm that I have never experienced on a cruise before. ... Read More
First time cruising with Oceania and definitely won't be the last. The food was amazing, the staff was very attentive and with only one child onboard there was a whole level of calm that I have never experienced on a cruise before. I don't dislike children, but also don't want to vacation with other people's children, so there was an entire layer of chaos removed immediately. I could tell the moment we walked on that it was going to be a whole new experience. As far as other passengers go, I wasn't sure what to expect. Thought it could be a whole group of snotty rich folks, but everyone was very nice and friendly, and the "country club casual attire" was great, and was nice to not have an official formal night. There was never huge amounts of people in the pool and hot tub area, so nice and relaxing. The food in every restaurant was incredible, including the buffet. Everything was fresh and delicious. Was so great NOT to see large vats of food that have been sitting for hours. My favorites were the Polo Grill and Jacques. If you are a seafood fan, you can pretty much have lobster everyday. They even have a "surf n turf" sandwich in the Terrace Grill. My only criticism would be the production entertainers. The dancers were great, the singers not so much. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Found all the ports interesting and accessible from the ship. Cartagena a small city was beautiful and interesting to stroll through right off the ship. Ditto Cadiz. Malaga was breathtaking. We took five excursions with Oceania -- all ... Read More
Found all the ports interesting and accessible from the ship. Cartagena a small city was beautiful and interesting to stroll through right off the ship. Ditto Cadiz. Malaga was breathtaking. We took five excursions with Oceania -- all interesting and well-organized. Honfleur was wonderful to stroll through. We took a specialized private tour with Overlordtour to the Canadian D-day landing sites, museum and cemetery. Well worth it. I love the libraries on the Marina and the Riviera -- extensive book selection, gorgeous leather armchairs and proximity to the Illy cafe with madeleines and cappuccinos. The food is to die for, not just in the specialty restaurants but all through the ship. After dinner, we often went to the piano bar to listen to the talented Valentina. On both cruises I have taken to date with Oceania I have taken a culinary class. You certainly pick up skills and enjoy a gourmet meal that you have cooked. This time I spent some time in the gym -- it has everything plus a view. Oceania in my view has achieved perfection for its guests. If you want to party every night or have small children, it is not the solution, but if you are 50+ foodies who want to travel in style, hard to imagine anything better. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
This was our first trip on Oceania, and the Marina staff made this an extremely enjoyable voyage. The specialty restaurants were outstanding. In comparison to another luxury line we have sailed on, we did find the lunch buffet to be ... Read More
This was our first trip on Oceania, and the Marina staff made this an extremely enjoyable voyage. The specialty restaurants were outstanding. In comparison to another luxury line we have sailed on, we did find the lunch buffet to be limiting for us and not the quality we've experienced previously. Breakfast options had a great variety, but lunch often had scaled down gourmet offerings, but lacked simple, traditional fare. We're not foodies and would have enjoyed a simple, less "heavy" lunch (we usually opted for a salad). The entertainment was also a little "meh". I had been looking forward to dancing, but the band, which my friend and I felt were too much of a "wedding band", played songs that required a partner ( a la disco style). My husband doesn't dance, so I'm always glad when a band plays 50's and 60's songs that can be danced to without a partner. The ports visited were great, although we would have preferred an overnight in Barcelona and skipped Marsielle. The staff on this ship is outstanding and want to ensure guests are having an exceptional experience. I will definitely cruise on Oceania again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
I am gluten-free. I make sure when I book that It is listed that I have Celiac. When I board, the first thing I do is speak to the person who handles allergies and the next is the Chef.I receive the dinner menu for the next evening ahead ... Read More
I am gluten-free. I make sure when I book that It is listed that I have Celiac. When I board, the first thing I do is speak to the person who handles allergies and the next is the Chef.I receive the dinner menu for the next evening ahead of time so I can choose what I want. The chef and baker make everything from scratch.It is prepared separately.If My friend likes to eat in the Grille on the 12th floor. The waiters will bring the food from the 6th floor so I can dine with my friend. If I want to eat from the buffet, the chef will show me which foods I can pick from or they will make it separately in the kitchen. The Specialty Restaurants know I'm coming and accommodate even High Tea. Needless to say the food is great, especially the Sea Bass in Red Ginger. I really enjoyed Nerja Caves in Spain.Tthere are usually free shuttles to go into town. Embarkation and disembarkation run very smoothly. We came in the day before staying overnight in the Ritz Carlton Four Seasons in Lisbon...beautiful ...huge chandelier made from live orchids...great experience...booked through Oceania including transfers. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
I am going to give nothing but good stuff to Oceania. Staff is extremely attentive, ship is spotless, the officers are the best, food is top line, and the excursions are about the best that can be offered. Ship: The Marina is a great ... Read More
I am going to give nothing but good stuff to Oceania. Staff is extremely attentive, ship is spotless, the officers are the best, food is top line, and the excursions are about the best that can be offered. Ship: The Marina is a great size 1200+ guests, staff ratios were almost too many staff for the guests. Which is a good thing rather than the other way around. Cabins: Most are small. Bathrooms are smaller. I suggest spending the extra money for a Penthouse Suite, just for size reasons. Also, if you are over 6 foot 4 inches you are going to have trouble standing in the shower since the ceiling and shower head is 6 foot 4 inches from the floor. But, storage space is plenty. We took a lot of stuff and still did not use all of the drawers provided. Dining: Starting from the lessor and going to the top. The waves provides a quick breakfast menu (grab and go) and great lunch sandwiches and drinks. The terrace buffet is a good bet for quick meals of a high class and standard fare. The grand dinning room serves all three meals and provides excellent choices and extremely tasty (dinning four courses) selections. Then there are four specialty restaurants which are the very best. Service Is probably too much in the buffet, (too very waiters) but the other places it is outstanding. Entertainment: In our opinion was very good considering the numbers of guests do not bring enough money to allow "A" class of entertainers, but they were very good. Ports and Excursions: I find that Oceania provides outstanding tour guides and opportunities to see the best of the ports they visit. Since Oceania has smaller ships they can dock at the port dock and visit smaller towns and locations that the larger ships cannot consider. Summary: Since my wife and I do not drink much alcoholic beverages and do not have a huge need to be entertained we do not feel it is cost effective to utilize the small all inclusive top of the line ships and get relatively the same experience you will receive from Oceania Cruise Line. Most Important Item: No Oceania ship is set up for kids. If you are a family with kids under twenty you should consider a mega ship because the kids are going to be board. Also these ships are set for people who just like to get away from it all and relax and see new places. If you like extreme sports, and all the excitement, and crowds you need to choose a mega "city on the seas" ship for all the things they offer. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our first cruise but the couple we were with have cruised 17 times. From the initial contact to our disembarkation the experience was an absolute positive one. Our flight from Montreal to Rome was long but uneventful and was ... Read More
This was our first cruise but the couple we were with have cruised 17 times. From the initial contact to our disembarkation the experience was an absolute positive one. Our flight from Montreal to Rome was long but uneventful and was completely organized. our arrival at the Marriott Flora was expected and we were greeted at the entrance by an Oceania Representative. The next day we were transported to the Marina which was such a positive and exciting event. Once we received all the necessary accreditation we went to the Grand Dining awaiting the final prep of our Stateroom. The room itself was large with a very large balcony; it remained spotless the entire cruise. The staff maintaining our stateroom exceeded our expectations. From the Capitan Leo, General Manager, Damien Lacroix, Cruise Director, Peter Roberts, Food and Beverage Director, Marc Walter, Chris Rogan Development and Head Chef Alexis every single person to the deck staff were so helpful and accommodating. The Ports of Call and the organized tours were excellent and even the tours we coordinated on our own great. Thank you Marina for a holiday Adèle will never forget. (Thanks Diane and Louis). The food was exceptional and exceeded all our expectations. i cannot say enough about the Entertainment Team headed by Jason and the Social Director, Katie. One of our favourites on the Ship were the Bellissimo String Quartet with Sasha, Inna, Kristina and Polina; we looked forward to hearing you every day. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
We went on this cruise because we did the Baltic last August and it was superb. We signed on for another cruise in the exact same Oceania suite. The recent experience was not so good. I was served a raw chicken leg in the dining room ... Read More
We went on this cruise because we did the Baltic last August and it was superb. We signed on for another cruise in the exact same Oceania suite. The recent experience was not so good. I was served a raw chicken leg in the dining room and the lobster thermidor in Jacques was lukewarm, the beef in the steakhouse was tasteless and tough, caeser salad dressing tasted like it comes from a bottle. Overall the food was not nearly as good as last year. The service was not as good a last time either. We were served dinner in out suit over an hour late one evening. Was there a merger in the past 13 months? The shore excursions are pretty boring and pretty expensive. We won't be back. At this point I would rather fly to europe, stay in a good hotel and get a better feel for the country. Since the trains are so good in europe why not use them? Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We had a wonderful cruise on the Oceania Marina. Embarkation was fast and probably the easiest we have ever had. Once on board, all the crew were so very friendly. Not a single crew member failed to say hello or good morning or some ... Read More
We had a wonderful cruise on the Oceania Marina. Embarkation was fast and probably the easiest we have ever had. Once on board, all the crew were so very friendly. Not a single crew member failed to say hello or good morning or some such greeting in the whole week we were on board and they all seemed genuinely happy to be there. We sure were! We did an upsell to a Penthouse Suite the week before we sailed and we were so glad that we did. The cabin was wonderful. We loved the extra space and the bathroom was so nice. Only problem with the cabin was that we are now spoiled. How will we go back to a veranda room? The food was top notch as always. Except for two nights in specialty dining (Polo and Toscana), we ate in the Terrace Buffet every night. The food there was so good that there was no need to go elsewhere. We loved the grilled shrimp and lobster available every night. After full days of touring, it was so nice to sit out on the open terrace and have a relaxing dinner as we sailed away from port. We had Prime Rib in Polo and it was outstanding. I had the lobster dish in Toscana and did not like it very much, but that was a matter of taste. It was too spicy for me but others liked it. We did not attend any of the entertainment. This was such a port intensive cruise that we were ready to relax in our beautiful cabin after dinner and get to bed early to get ready for a full day of touring. We did 4 of the Oceania excursions as they were included with our fare. We were pleased with all of them. The buses were comfortable and were never filled so we had room to spread out. All in all, this was a wonderful experience. We have cruised with several different lines, and Oceania is far and above all others in terms of service. We felt very special and enjoyed our cruise immensely. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Advice - do not have a suite on deck 11, ours, 11031, was under the smoking area and lounger area and at night there was constant noise from the late night smokers and deck hands moving the loungers. Deck 11 suites also have a big overhang ... Read More
Advice - do not have a suite on deck 11, ours, 11031, was under the smoking area and lounger area and at night there was constant noise from the late night smokers and deck hands moving the loungers. Deck 11 suites also have a big overhang so you get little sun on your veranda. We constantly complained about our lack of sleep but whilst they sympathised with us nothing could be done . We had paid extra for our suite ! Do research where the trips go. Trips through the Company are extortionate and on three that we did we would have saved £500 by taking local trains as other passengers did. The main ports of Taormina and Sorrento were missed due to us being unable to use the tenders. Instead we docked at Mesinna and Naples which were industrial. Our concierge said that Ociania rarely dock at tendered ports . This was extremely disappointing as we went on the cruise to see both of these scheduled places. Wifi again is expensive, do as most did and use the local wifi when docked. The food was excellent and use the speciality restaurants whenever possible plus The Grand Dining Room. Avoid the Terrace and Waves cafes, the food is fair but they are busy and chaotic places. Cabins lack the wow factor but are comfortable Wine is very expensive , go for the 7 bottle package, at £300 it is one of the cheapest ways to drink For our suite gratuities were £30 a day, and all alcohol has a 18 percent add on. A 5 percent add on is applied for credit card users, we took cash Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
Just got home from a lovely cruise with Oceana. First the good... great food especially in the specialty restaurants. This is the best food I have ever had on a cruise, hands down, and we have been on multiple cruises.. The quality and ... Read More
Just got home from a lovely cruise with Oceana. First the good... great food especially in the specialty restaurants. This is the best food I have ever had on a cruise, hands down, and we have been on multiple cruises.. The quality and preparation were fabulous. Next positive is the staff. They are so welcoming and friendly. It really makes you feel good to be on the ship. Suggestions: Make the Concierge Level worth it. Right now you get almost no significant advantages for this. Other cruise lines offer much better benefits. Speaking of benefits, if you are paying a serious premium to travel on the cruise line, and you do, throw in Internet and drinks. It is completely aggravating to pay so much and then get squeezed every time you turn around. Great ports of call, great staff and food, and we had a great time. Please make some adjustments in either prices or services included, (and in concierge), and we will be back. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2014
We were pampered from the second we arrived at the port. I was impressed with how painless the embarkation process went. We have been on several cruises that it was chaotic and long lines to get on the ship. We sailed right on to the ship ... Read More
We were pampered from the second we arrived at the port. I was impressed with how painless the embarkation process went. We have been on several cruises that it was chaotic and long lines to get on the ship. We sailed right on to the ship with ease. We stayed in the Vista Suite so we were able to check into our room early, which was a must for us. The ship was in pristine order and we were welcomed with a warm smile at every turn. Every space on the ship was very well taken care of. I would point out that the crowd on the ship is definitely an older crowd, which is not a bad thing, but worth pointing out as we stood out very much because of our age. The food was incredible, which we ate several of the meals in the comfort of our room. The public spaces were also very impressive. The entertainment on the ship was a little painful though. I believe we sat through 1 1/2 shows. I was also very impressed with the last day and the fact that the band played for us while we boarded the ship for the last time. We did private tours the entire trip so it was just the four of us that returned to the ship, yet we were greeted with just as much delight as if the big bus full of passengers had arrived. The itinerary was VERY port intensive which is why we chose it in the first place, but a day or two at sea wouldn't be such a bad idea. Overall, I can't wait to book again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
My partner & I are seasoned cruisers. We like to swop around the various cruise companies but always search for venues. Oceania cruise on this occasion were chosen just on venues being visited. We boarded in Barcelona after short ... Read More
My partner & I are seasoned cruisers. We like to swop around the various cruise companies but always search for venues. Oceania cruise on this occasion were chosen just on venues being visited. We boarded in Barcelona after short flight from UK. As the cabins were not ready for release we were invited on board to lunch. My immediate reaction was how pleasant the staff were and the quality of the buffet. The 4 speciality restaurants on board this ship are available to all without extra charge, we were on a B2 Veranda Stateroom and were allowed one booking at each restaurant. We took up two bookings one in Polo and one in the Italian themed Toscana. The Quality of the food & service were 5 Star and without fault. I have a catering background and believe me I know good food when on offer. Most of our other meals were in The Grand Dining Room, The Grill and the buffet.. The quality of service in every venue is first class as is the food. I have never heard of a Beefburger being made with KOBI Beef dressed with Truffle Sauce, Had two they were so good. Menu's in Grand Dining Room changed daily, Lobster & Fillet Steaks were in abundance. The Staterooms are really large compared to other ships we have been on. Full sized bath with shower and a separate shower cubicle opposite bath. The cabin was as big as any five star hotel room. Plenty of luggage space although the position of the wardrobe made us dance around each other when access was required. The public rooms and bars are beautiful with artwork everywhere. Had drinks package which appeared exspensive but if you drank Champagne turned out cheap in the end. Only gripe was price of excursions. You really need to research the places being visited before you commit to any trips. We only used two bookings for trips due to venues. All the rest we used Hop On Hop Off buses at ports and bargained with local firms to go to other places. Good example of this is Naples. For 220 Euro's for two a private car will take you to Almalfi, Positano & Sorrento for a whole day out. Stay as long as reasonable and ended with tour around Naples. Had we chosen trips on board that would have cost three times as much. Overall I will say that Marina & Oceania Cruises can be very proud of themselves we were both very sad to leave such a lovely ship & crew. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
We just returned from a 10 day Mediterranean Cruise aboard the Marina. The overall cruise was great, but traveling on Oceania before, there were some areas of disappointment we experienced on this ship compared to our last voyage on the ... Read More
We just returned from a 10 day Mediterranean Cruise aboard the Marina. The overall cruise was great, but traveling on Oceania before, there were some areas of disappointment we experienced on this ship compared to our last voyage on the Regatta. I would first like to start off saying the ship is beautiful. The staterooms are well appointed, the bathrooms wonderful and spacious with bathtubs and a separate shower, the beds plush and comfortable, and nice size balcony with the ability to open so we can share the balcony with friends in the adjacent cabin. Our cabin steward Jonathan was fantastic as was room service. The public areas are beautifully decorated from the Lalique crystal to the custom furnishings and the Murano glassing lighting. The spa was very nice, tranquil and serene and had a great massage by Dina. The specialty restaurants were great, and the service at Chez Jaques was perfection. In all of the food venues the food was excellent, but the atmosphere and service of the specialty restaurants were far superior then the main dining room or upstairs Terrace Café. The cooking classes are great, if you get a chance book one. Our previous cruise on Regatta was an incredible trip and we couldn't wait to come back on another Oceania cruise and we were excited to sail on their new ship. This was our 25th cruise and we have sailed on everything from small luxury ships to the mega ships. We prefer the intimacy, the personal touch, and higher level of service of the smaller ships and was one of the reasons we loved Oceania so much. The intimacy, the personal touch, and higher level of service was just not there on Marina. The ship felt huge and more then 1250 passengers. The crew was not overall happy and not very service oriented. We booked a concierge cabin and this concierge service was the major disappointment of the voyage. Michelle was the concierge for the concierge balcony cabins and not only was she non-accomidating, but rude. We left multiple messages without a return call. On day 4 we called the front reception desk and let them know of the issue. Only after reception emailed Michelle did she finally call back and was very unpleasant. She did not assist with any requests of dining reservations and told me to call dining reservations myself or go to each specialty restaurant and check in with each maitre d. What is the point for paying extra if they do absolutely nothing and give a bad attitude. Do not pay the extra for these class of balconies, as there is no extra service to justify the cost. The tender service was a complete disaster and so unorganized it took hours to get passengers off the ship while we were docked in Sorrento. It took 3 hours of waiting. They did not run enough tenders and were calling the paid ship excursions and allow them to disembark while most of the passengers who did not book an excursion wait until the very end and waste most of the day and miss the opportunity to go to Capri and miss prearranged tours booked on own and not through the ship. One of the major reasons to book this cruise was because of the ports and nothing is more frustrating then being stuck on a ship and know you are missing a beautiful day. Oceania cannot handle the amount of passengers for tender service on this ship and should either figure it out from the larger ships and their policies and run more tenders or only go to destinations where they can dock and not tender in to port. Shore excursions were very overpriced and better off booking on your own. Bigger is not always Better and for Oceania this seems to be true for the Marina in comparison of their smaller ships. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
We were in Barcelona on May 10, although we weren't invited to the christening of the Riviera a we did depart May 12, 2012 on the Marina, the sister ship of the Riviera for France and Italy. It is our opinion Oceania has the best ... Read More
We were in Barcelona on May 10, although we weren't invited to the christening of the Riviera a we did depart May 12, 2012 on the Marina, the sister ship of the Riviera for France and Italy. It is our opinion Oceania has the best price point for the mid size ships positioned in the high end of the middle price range. Our suite 12006 was 1000 square feet and was outstanding. We departed from Barcelona, Spain then on to Provence (Marseille), France, Saint-Tropez, France, Cannes, France, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Cinque Terre (La Spezia), Italy, Florence/Pisa/Tuscany (Livorno), Italy, Sorrento/Capri, Italy, Amalfi/Positano, Italy Cruising the Mediterranean Sea Oct to Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy. Everything imaginable is provided in your Oceania Suite, even a second bathroom for guests. SUITE PRIVILEGES Priority 11am check-in and early embarkation with priority luggage delivery Exclusive access to private Executive Lounge staffed by a dedicated Concierge and 24-hour Butler service. Complimentary in-suite bar setup featuring 4 full-size bottles of premium spirits plus wine Welcome bottle of Champagne Priority online specialty restaurant and shore excursion reservations Unlimited access to Canyon Ranch SpaClub® private Spa Terrace Laptop computer with wireless Internet access+ New for 2013! - Exclusive discounts on Internet usage plans New for 2013! - Complimentary iPad® available for your enjoyment on-board+ Bulgari gift set and toiletries Full-size whirlpool tub Choice of daily printed newspaper Customized entertainment system with integrated sound system and media library+ Complimentary Oceania Cruises logo tote bag Cashmere lap blankets, perfect for relaxing on your veranda rates apply BUTLER SERVICES Course-by-course in-suite dining+ “Order in” from any of our specialty restaurants Coordination of shore-side dinner and entertainment reservations Priority shore excursion reservations Packing and unpacking upon request Last minute luggage collection Complimentary garment pressing+ Complimentary shoe shine service Gourmet evening canapés Special services upon request. Click here to go to the Oceania website. YES, we are doing Oceania again and again. Oceania has recently updated their 3 smaller ships with larger suites like the Marina. Read Less
Marina Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.5
Dining 4.5 4.5
Entertainment 3.0 3.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 1.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.1
Enrichment 5.0 3.6
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 3.9

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